About Uganda


Uganda_in_Africa_(-mini_map_-rivers).svgUganda is an East African country blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and home to some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you’ll find anywhere in this world!

Below you’ll find some of the most important info and facts when traveling to Uganda.

  • Area: 235,796km2 (91,041 square miles)
  • Altitude: Most of the country (85%) lies between 900m and 1500m above sea level. Lake Albert basin and the Albert river are the lowest regions at about 600m. The highest point is is Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains at 5,109m.
  • Population: 28.2 million (2006)
  • Capital City: Kampala
  • Currency: Uganda Shilling
  • Time zone: GMT + 3
  • International dial code: +256

How to get there

Uganda’s International Airport is located in Entebbe, a town 40 km south of the capital city Kampala. We will pick you up from the airport and also take you back to Entebbe after the safari.
Most nationalities need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either purchase your tourist visa in advance from the Ugandan embassy or high commission in your country or you can buy your visa upon arrival at the airport. A tourist visa for Uganda is single entry and costs $50. You can also purchase an East African Visa for 100$ which allows you to travel to Kenya and Rwanda as well.
Your passport must have a minimum of six months validity remaining from the date of entering Uganda.

Safety

Uganda generally is a very safe country to travel. Take normal safety precautions though. Never leave your belongings out of sight and be cautious of your bags when walking, especially in Kampala’s busy streets. Don’t walk around at night, but always use a taxi (“special hire”).

Health

Uganda is not affected by the current Ebola epidemic and continues to be a safe holiday destination.

The only required immunization is yellow fever vaccination. Carry your immunization card when traveling. There’s Malaria in Uganda – consult your doctor about Malaria prophylaxis and wear long clothes in the evening hours to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

Tap water is not safe for drinking in Uganda. Buy bottled water or make sure the tap water has been treated to make it safe by boiling,filtering or chemical treatment.

Climate and when to travel

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Uganda has a tropical climate. Temperatures fluctuate little throughout the year, averaging 26-28°C. It’s hottest in January and February with temperatures averaging 24-33°C (52-91°F) with peaks up to 40°C (104°) in the north.In the south, there are two dry seasons (June-August and December-February) and two wet seasons (March-May and September-November) in Uganda.In the North, a wet season occurs between April and October, followed by a dry season that lasts from November to March.

Kampala has a milder climate than the parks in the west due to its proximity to Lake Victoria. The parks tend to be a bit warmer during the day and cooler during the night. The gorilla parks are at a higher altitude and can get considerably colder. On the other hand, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park in the north can get much warmer with daytime temperatures averaging 32°C (90°F).

Electricity

240 volts at 50 Hz. Uganda uses british-style sockets with three square pins. Remember to bring an adapter for your chargers if a different style of sockets is used in your country.

Language

With 56 different tribes and over 30 languages spoken, Uganda is a very multicultural country. In Kampala and the bigger towns many people speak very good English, whereas in the rural areas most people speak at least basic English. In and around Kampala, Luganda is the most widely spoken local language.